Eric's Name Day

This year Eric's Name day is on 18th May 2017

Eric is derived from Old Norse, 'ever ruling'; Eric has a name day of 18th May and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

Saint Eric, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Sweden

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Eric has the following symbols associated

  • Three crowns and a banner
  • A fountain

Historically Famous Erics

Eric IX became King of Sweden in 1150. He was a very pious, good, Christian man and systematically set about ensuring that not only his own subjects but also the neighbouring heathen Finns became Christians too. He codified Swedish law, and built the first Swedish cathedral in Uppsala. He also defended his country against Finnish attack. Unfortunately, he was murdered in 1161 by a band of Danes, abetted by some of his own treacherous countrymen.

Other Names Day resources

Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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